Specialized Skillsets for Successful Writs and Appeals
The appellate and writ practice is highly specialized work, requiring a unique skill set that differs greatly from those needed in preparing for and conducting a trial. The accomplished attorneys of the Appellate Litigation Group know how to evaluate cases within the distinctive structure of the appellate rules, procedures and standards of review and persuasively argue the facts and the law through influential writs and briefs.
We know how state and federal appellate courts function, know what approaches are most likely to persuade judges and justices, and work promptly, skillfully and efficiently to achieve the goals of our clients. We handle all aspects of state and federal appeals and writs, from the filing of the notice of appeal or writ through further review to higher courts.
Working with Trial Counsel Before and During Trial
The goal of every client is not just to win at trial, but to win in a way that will withstand appellate scrutiny. The attorneys in the Appellate Litigation Group work with trial counsel before and during trial in order to maximize that goal. We assist in framing and briefing important legal issues (including post-trial motions), preserving potential claims of error and avoiding potential appellate waiver issues. This helps to free up the trial attorneys to focus on winning the case without having to worry about appellate issues down the road. The assistance that the Appellate Litigation Team offers to trial lawyers provides a unique advantage to clients.
Attorneys with Compelling Distinction
Clients are able to draw from the Firm’s diverse team of highly experienced appellate advocates. Our Team includes a number of Appellate Law Specialists who have been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and members of leading appellate associations like the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Members of our team have served as staff attorneys at both state and federal appellate courts and have served on state and federal appellate law committees. Members of the Group have an impressive list of honors and awards, participate actively in professional associations and are noted authors and speakers.